Asian fusion joint Uli, which set off panic amongst Notting Hill locals when when it relocated from All Saint’s Road to Ladbroke Road, is a real neighbourhood gem. It’s been around the block, first coming onto the scene in 1997, the year of the Spice Girls, lava lamps and rolling down a little bit of your socks at school because it looked cool. Their twists on Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean favourites has kept Uli as a staple for locals and visitors for years.
Whilst studying the menu like we were taking on an impossible algebra equation (we do take this very seriously) we got into the spirit with an Asian Negroni; Bombay Sapphire gin, vermouth, Campari and sake. We started with spicy scallops, served on their shell with plenty of red chilli, and they sure did pack a punch.
For the larger plates, we dived head first into Thai sea bass fillet steamed with chilli and lemongrass, which was zinging in flavour and perfectly cooked. Their stir-fried beef fillet with spicy black pepper sauce, again with lots of red chilli, was also a beaut – sticky parcels of juicy meat drenched in a sweet and fiery sauce.[easy-image-collage id=118971]
To end the feast we went for the chocolate coulant and yuzu citrus junos cheesecake, both topped with berries and both just the right size to squeeze in. We couldn’t possibly decide which was better, so we’ll champion both.
For great, simple Asian food in Notting Hill, Uli is a great shout.
5 Ladbroke Rd, London W11 3PA